Classics, almost by definition, are works that are considered to be of high quality, are influential on later works, and are widely known.
Management consultants in the 1970s and 1980s even used this puzzle when making sales pitches to prospective clients.
Stock Shout-Outs such as Piet Plagiarism exist because of this phenomenon. Compare Memetic Mutation, Older Than They Think, "Weird Al" Effect, "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny, Small Reference Pools, The Theme Park Version, Repurposed Pop Song, Praising Shows You Don't Watch, Mainstream Obscurity, It Was His Sled.
(Most artists would be copying some other usage than the sculpture.) Frequently results in Beam Me Up, Scotty! Contrast Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure (when someone Narrator (after four masked turtles hop out of a sewer pipe): I'm afraid popular culture has successfully eradicated the actual identities of the true poets of art.
In some cases, there is only only one technically, grammatically, or logically correct interpretation, but it's so easy to misinterpret or mis-write that most people end up getting it wrong at first.
In other cases, multiple interpretations are arguably grammatically correct.
Charlie brings back a tree that looks like one that would be next to the humble manger, and they all laugh at him! Although it sets up a Crowning Moment Of Awesome with the "That's what Christmas is all about" speech, I just want to wring those three bitches' neck!!